22 May '13, 4pm

Here's Microsoft's New Kinect Sensor

"High-definition," "high-fidelity" 3D vision. Obviously, the biggest deal for robotics is the improved 3D sensing. We're not sure what "high-definition" means , exactly, but it's definitely better, possibly 1080p 60fps better. The sensor itself operates based on time of flight (like a radar gun), making it at least three times more sensitive and lighting-independent. It can see the freakin' buttons on your shirt from several feet away! This means better object recognition, better mapping, better everything that you depend on 3D data for. Active IR. Kinect can now see in the dark. IN THE DARK, PEOPLE! Skeletal tracking with joint rotation. When combined with a physics model, the sensor can estimate muscle movements and forces. Pulse detection (!). The sensor tracks color changes in your skin to determine your heartbeat. Emotion detection. In addition to tracking binary thin...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hard...

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